Week 14

Good of the Order:

  • Division will begin on Monday, November 27th.  Any help you can give at home to teaching your child 3×1 division is greatly appreciated.
  • Students were able to work with Mrs. Johnston to collect resources for their research papers and save them to their google drive.  They learned the difference between searching and researching.  The research papers will be completed in school exclusively.  We will begin them in early January.
  • There will be no school, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
  • We will be conducting our annual lock down drill November 28th at 9:30 am.  We use this time to instruct students on proper procedure.

Math

Students enjoyed the design challenge of creating their own classrooms.  Given a budget and size parameters, students worked in small groups to purchase items necessary to make their classroom.  Students are working on their architectural drawings to represent their classrooms.  We will have a celebration on learning on Tuesday to admire all the different classrooms we created!  We will begin division after break.  Students will have their division test on December 19th.  Students leaving early for break will need to take this test prior to leaving.

Science

Students are learning about volcanoes and earthquakes.  We will begin working on our Volcano flipbooks when we return from Thanksgiving break.  Students will have a Volcanoes and Eathquakes online test at the end of the unit.

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Week 13

Good of the Order:

  • Please wear red, white, and blue for our veteran’s day assembly.
  • Students have a government test on November 20th.
  • If you have not already, please send back your permission slips for the Science paper (more info coming soon).
  • In accordance with our dress code, shorts may only be worn when the high temperature is expected to be 70 degrees.  With our colder weather coming please send your child with coats, boots, gloves, hats, winter coats, etc. as we go outside for recess daily.
  • Please make sure your child has a set of extra clothes in their lockers.  I promise, it comes in handy during the winter when they get wet outside!

Math

In Math, we finished Topic 4.  We will be taking our Topic 5 pretest on Monday.  We will not be using the book for Topic 5.   You heard me right, we are going rogue!  Our focus for the next several weeks will be long division using standard algorithm.  Think “old school” the way you learned it!  So here is where you can help.  Please feel free to teach your child as much long division as you can pack into the weekend.  It helps them understand better if they have seen it prior to coming to class.  4th graders are supposed to know 3X1 and 4X1 division.  Here is a video they can watch to help!

 

Science

In Science, we are still working on our volcano unit.  We will be studying volcanoes in the book and making flip books to help us learn!  Then, we will learn about earthquakes.  Stay tuned for more information about our research paper, which will be completed in class.

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Math Test Postponed

Dear Room 117 and 119 Families,

Our Math test will be postponed to Thursday due to the calamity day.  Thanks for your patience!

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Week 12

Good of the Order

  • Thank you to our fabulous room moms and volunteers who helped make our Halloween party such a success.  The haunted hallway, Monster Mash Bash and classroom party were all a ton of fun!
  • Friday, November 10th, we will have a Veteran’s Day assembly.
  • We will have no school on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th for Thanksgiving Break!

Math

In Math, we continue to work on 2×2 multiplication.  We are going to spend the rest of the unit focusing on standard algorithm.  Here is a video to remind you of good old fashion multiplication:

Science:

Students are really enjoying our unit on Volcanoes.  We have learned that the earth has 3 main layers:  the core, which is divided into the inner and outer core, the mantle, and the crust.  We now understand that all the landforms we can see are on the crust.  Sometimes when the earth’s plates have a weak spot, magma from inside the mantle can escape and come up through the crust. Once the it comes out of the mantle and into the crust, it changes its name to lava.

Our landforms quiz is this Friday.  We are attempting to do this quiz online through a website called Edulastic.  This quiz will not have a sign/correct option because it is an online quiz.  This will help me decide if this type of quiz works well for the students or if paper/pencil tests are more effective.  I am excited to try this new method!

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Week 11

Good of the Order:

  • We will have our Halloween party on Tuesday in the afternoon.  Students may bring their costumes to school in a bag, but may not wear them.  There will be no face paint, masks over faces, or weapons due to safety.  The children will go to the Monster Mash Bash and then back to the room for classroom parties.  All food will be allergy friendly and abide by our Play Blue philosophy.
  • We will have a Veteran’s Day assembly on November 10th at 9am.

Math:

We are continuing our work on 2×2 digit multiplication with our end of topic test on November 7th.

Science:

We are focusing our landform discussion to a specific landform, volcanoes.  Students will have a quiz over the orignial 17 vocab words on Friday, November 3rd.  I have additional words lists with definitions if your child has misplaced the list or the cards.  The words to know are:

  1.  landform
  2. mountains
  3. plain
  4. canyon
  5. island
  6. delta
  7. plateau
  8. hill
  9. isthmus
  10. peninsula
  11. valley
  12. cave
  13. sink hole
  14. sand dune
  15. weathering
  16. erosion
  17. deposition
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Week 10

Good of the Order

  • It was nice to meet so many of you at conferences.  I look forward to seeing more of you on Tuesday.
  • The book fair has been postponed until February.  More information will be forthcoming soon.
  • We will be celebrating Veteran’s Day with a guest speaker on February 10th.
  • Report cards are coming home in Friday Folders today.  Students who received straight A’s can fill out a form to be entered into a drawing for free CAVS tickets!
  • Friday Night Skate Night is on October 25th.
  • Our Halloween party will be on October 31st.

Math

Students are finishing up our Multiplication test today and we will continue with our next topic on 2×2 Multiplication starting on Monday.

Science

Students will have until Tuesday to finish their landform foldable project.  Should they need more time, they will be in their homework folder over the weekend.

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Week 9

Good of the Order:

  • The current box top competition is over on Monday.  All slips need to be in by then.  Another contest will be just around the corner, so don’t give up collecting!
  • As the weather changes, remember that students can only wear shorts if the weather is predicted to be 70 degrees or above.
  • Conferences at Thursday and next Tuesday.  Please make sure you have signed up.  I look forward to meeting with everyone!

Math:

We will have our topic 3 math test on Friday, 10/20.  Topic 4 will be on 2×2 multiplication.  It is very similar to topic 3!

Science:

Students are hard at work on their landform foldables.  One of our big ideas in 4th grade is the idea that the earth is formed by weathering, erosion, and deposition by slow and quick changes.  This ties in nicely to our previous unit as we study which landforms are formed by which and how.  The foldable project will carry us through next week.

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Week 8

Good of the Order:

  • Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped with the run-a-thon!  It was a great success!
  • If you have not done so already, please sign up for a parent/teacher conferences.  A note came home in last week’s Friday Folder explaining how to do so.
  • Trotting Tuesdays will begin next week!
  • First quarter ends October 13th.  You will receive your child’s report card on October 20th.  Please sign and return that as soon as possible!
  • School is not in session on October 16th for Teacher Work Day.
  • KIS conferences are October 19th and 24th from 3:30-8pm.
  • Picture retakes are October 20th, if needed.
  • 4th grade skate night is October 25th.
  • Our Fall Party will be held on October 31st.  More to come on that as it grows closer.

Math:

In Math, we have been working hard on our multiplication unit.  The students are learning a variety of strategies to multiply.  Next week, we will focus on standard algorithm.

 

Science:

In Science, we finished our test on Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition.  Those will come home tonight.  Please sign and correct over the weekend are return them on Monday.

Next up is a unit on Landforms!  We will be creating foldables and writing a research paper prior to the test.

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Week 7

Good of the Order:

  • We had a great time at the run-a-thon!  Here we are showing our Kenston spirit!
  • Please have your run-a-thon envelopes returned asap!
  • We have had more than half the class bring in box tops!  Keep it up!

Math

This topic, we are studying multiplication. Like addition, students will learn multiple strategies for multiplying including mental math, using multiplication properties, and finally standard algorithm.   Our test on this topic will be tentatively scheduled for October 20th. Here are some videos to help!

Science

We are finishing up our unit on Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition.  Our test is on Thursday, October 5th.  A study guide was sent home on Wednesday.  The next topic will be Landforms.  This unit has a research paper and many artistic projects!

 

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Run-a-Thon

Please sign and return the run-a-thon forms.  No amount too small.  The teacher with the most returned form wins a prize, and of course, I have to win!  =)

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